Missouri man grows 2 pumpkins that set new state records

The combined weight of Richard Bottorf's pumpkins is more than a compact car.

Rachel Passer
October 22, 2019 - 9:59 am

(Courtesy of Republic Pumpkin Daze)


REPUBLIC, Mo. (AP/KMOX) - A Missouri man has busted the state records for the heaviest and second-heaviest pumpkins.

The 1,798-pound and 1,677-pound giants (816 and 761 kilogram) that Richard Bottorf entered into the Republic Pumpkin Daze weigh more combined than a compact car. Bottorf carved the smaller pumpkin after it was weighed earlier this month. The larger one will be on display Wednesday at an elementary school in Harrisonville.

Bottorf has a history of breaking records. Back in 2017, he grew a 1,563-pound (709 kilogram) pumpkin that that beat the Missouri state record by more than 300 pounds (136 kilograms).

In an interview two years ago when he set the previous state record, Bottorf said, "The best part is the little kids when they see the weight, and see how the pumpkin looks and they can stand by it and it's bigger than they are. It's pretty fun."

Guinness World Records says the largest-ever pumpkin weighed 2,624 pounds (1190 kilograms). It was grown in Belgium in 2016. 

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